Vaccines are a critical tool in protecting you and your community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. They are proven safe and are now protecting millions of vaccinated New Yorkers from COVID-19.
After you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your single-dose vaccine or second dose of a two-dose vaccine), you are much less likely to become sick.
Fully vaccinated people can:
In addition, fully vaccinated people no longer need to quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19, as long as they do not have symptoms. They also no longer need to get tested for COVID-19, unless they have symptoms of COVID-19 or testing is required for work, school or a specific activity.
Even after you are vaccinated, you should still wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19. You also should continue to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing when in a public indoor space, when outdoors in crowded areas and when attending gatherings with unvaccinated people.
Learn more about the benefits of vaccination:
At the vaccination site, you will receive a card with your name, date of birth, the vaccine you received, and the place and date you received it. Keep it in a safe place and make a photocopy or take a picture just in case you lose it.
If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, bring the card with you when you go for your second shot.
If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record online.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. You should schedule your second dose 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) after the first dose. If you are unable to do so, get your second dose within 42 days after the first dose. Be sure to get the second dose no matter how much time has passed.
The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine does not require a second dose.
The below resources have more information about your vaccine, including what to do if you feel side effects:
The Health Department will ensure there is fair and equitable access to a vaccine. Our plans account for health inequities and disparities faced by underserved communities (PDF). We will make sure the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine.
Note: All Health Department websites are designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities can get help making a vaccination appointment at an accessible site, traveling to their appointment and getting their shot. This kind of help is called a reasonable accommodation.
You can get a reasonable accommodation if you have difficulty with:
You can request a reasonable accommodation when you schedule your vaccination, either through the City's online appointment scheduler or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also ask for a reasonable accommodation from staff at a City-run vaccination site.
For NYC residents who cannot leave their home, you can sign up for an in-home vaccination online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).
For more information, see: